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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-28-2014, 05:57 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By onatightrope
I don't think you are doing anything wrong....

I don't think you are doing anything wrong. FWIW, bright kids who cannot read at age 7 are not uncommon in the homeschooling world (I imagine they are also common in schools, but I don't have...
Forum: Unschooling   05-23-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,070
Posted By onatightrope
SweetSilver and Moominmama-- thank you for the...

SweetSilver and Moominmama-- thank you for the sympathetic and gentle responses. I was venting, but I sometimes feel torn between an idea that I should be infinitely patient and happy to do whatever...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-22-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,015
Posted By onatightrope
I think that if it hurts your feelings to hear...

I think that if it hurts your feelings to hear someone talk about "playing indians" then you should address it from that angle. 
 
I'm sorry, it wasn't clear to me before that that was the issue. 
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-22-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,015
Posted By onatightrope
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by rumi http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Unschooling   05-20-2014, 06:58 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,070
Posted By onatightrope
At the risk of sounding like a horrible person,...

At the risk of sounding like a horrible person, if it comes down to it, I will let the garden die before I take over watering it. This is a 13 year old with very very few responsibilities, she has...
Forum: Unschooling   05-19-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,070
Posted By onatightrope
I haven't even finished reading the book, but my...

I haven't even finished reading the book, but my challenge with PBH is figuring out how to be involved and available without having my kids assign me all the hard work of the project or confuse...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-19-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,015
Posted By onatightrope
FWIW, some Native Americans prefer the term...

FWIW, some Native Americans prefer the term "American Indian". I understand there is a racist history to it, but it is the term they choose. If it were a 12 year old, I would certainly talk to him...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-15-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 451
Posted By onatightrope
You could...

You could try http://www.qualitysciencelabs.com/index.php?p=home  They do sync their labs to creation science curricula, but have mainstream curricula listed too. 
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-07-2014, 07:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 258
Posted By onatightrope
I don't use grades the way schools do because 1)...

I don't use grades the way schools do because 1) we teach to mastery, and 2) I simply don't have the breadth of experience to know the difference between A, B & C work the way an experienced teacher...
Forum: Unschooling   04-21-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 495
Posted By onatightrope
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by MichelleZB http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1400799/music-practice-and-pet-care#post_17614161) 
I'd totally...
Forum: Unschooling   04-21-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 495
Posted By onatightrope
It sounds to me like the piano program isn't a...

It sounds to me like the piano program isn't a great fit for him (maybe he's outgrown it?). I wouldn't see dropping that as being about your son at all, but about rejecting a program/teacher that...
Forum: Unschooling   04-17-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 710
Posted By onatightrope
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by moominmamma http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1400611/finding-the-right-amount-of-structure#post_17610985)...
Forum: Unschooling   03-14-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 243
Posted By onatightrope
I agree with Miranda's approach, but I think...

I agree with Miranda's approach, but I think it's worth mentioning that it's possible that you don't understand completely, even if you think you do. She may not be able to verbalize what she wants...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-11-2014, 06:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 630
Posted By onatightrope
I have a couple friends whose kids have loved...

I have a couple friends whose kids have loved it. We're signed up for the next session. 
Forum: Unschooling   03-04-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,452
Posted By onatightrope
Games can be a fun low pressure way to expose...

Games can be a fun low pressure way to expose them to reading and math. Not special "academic" games that might go across badly with your daughter, but regular games like Monopoly or PayDay or...
Forum: Unschooling   02-26-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 309
Posted By onatightrope
Miranda did a better job of explaining where I...

Miranda did a better job of explaining where I was coming from with my comments.
 
I haven't adopted, but there was a family on an e-list I used to participate in that adopted an older child...
Forum: Unschooling   02-26-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 309
Posted By onatightrope
I think it would depend greatly on her opinion...

I think it would depend greatly on her opinion of unschooling. Understanding unschooling takes a paradigm shift, and expecting her to do that, when everything else in her life is changing too might...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-22-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 296
Posted By onatightrope
I agree with Piglet. Either your husband can...

I agree with Piglet. Either your husband can takeover the heavy lifting of homeschooling himself, OR he can butt out of how you do it (and FYI, changing curriculum this early on is really normal) OR...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-11-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,640
Posted By onatightrope
Have you seen this...

Have you seen this website? http://www.homeinleiden.nl/html/schoolshomeschooling.htm
 
It looks like there are some yahoogroups you could join to learn more-- there are links on the page. 
Forum: Unschooling   02-08-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 258
Posted By onatightrope
I get what you're saying, but I was wondering if...

I get what you're saying, but I was wondering if you've considered leading by example, instead of picking something to push your kids to do? IME, when my kids aren't doing much, if I pick a project...
Forum: Unschooling   02-04-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 461
Posted By onatightrope
First, a confession: I don't know what...

First, a confession: I don't know what "holistic" means in the context of curriculum. So I'm not sure if what I'm suggesting is or isn't.
 
We liked the kits from the Junior Scientist Club for...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-02-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 126
Posted By onatightrope
Would it be possible for her to borrow the...

Would it be possible for her to borrow the textbook your school system uses? She could work through it on her own, and perhaps take whatever tests are included in the curriculum. 
Forum: Unschooling   01-26-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 275
Posted By onatightrope
My problem with asking "what do you want to...

My problem with asking "what do you want to learn about today?" is that there are a lot of things I need some lead time on, if we're going to dive into them, and also it seems like it's inviting...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-04-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 118
Posted By onatightrope
For a three year old, I'd just piece together...

For a three year old, I'd just piece together things that we both enjoy and that support her learning what she's interested in. If she likes counting, you could get some preschool board games that...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-31-2013, 08:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 208
Posted By onatightrope
If it were me, I would ask my husband to keep my...

If it were me, I would ask my husband to keep my daughter out of it, and keep the discussion between the grownups. But that only works if you're really listening to him and working to find a...
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